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Phnom Penh

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Once upon a time, Cambodia’s capital and largest city Phnom Penh was called “The Pearl of Asia” is located at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and, Tonle Sap Rivers. It still retains its charm by its vibrant streets and markets and the fact that it has not been choked by high-rise buildings and commercial centers.

The city offers plenty of highlights such as the walkable riverfront where one could discover the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. One must also have a sense of history and is best experienced by visiting the Tol Selang Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Cheoung Ek. But Khmer culture is rich and visitors could know more about ancient history in the National Museum. For a sense of culture, Wat Phnom is an important religious site and holds a lot of significance to the Khmers. No trip is complete without some retail therapy, this is best done locally through the Central and Russian Markets.

A lot of people know Phnom Penh as a jump-off point to Siem Reap or Sihanoukville but those who stay and explore will be exhilarated by its vibrant art scene, its unique architecture, and its tasty culinary culture.